Tight­est new houses in Canada built here

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

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IWAS read­ing the most re­cent is­sue of the Sol­plan Re­view re­cently when a par­tic­u­lar ar­ti­cle caught my eye. The Sol­plan Re­view is the in­de­pen­dent re­view of en­ergy con­ser­va­tion build­ing science and con­struc­tion prac­tice and is pub­lished in Van­cou­ver.

The ar­ti­cle com­pared en­ergy con­sump­tion in homes in Van­cou­ver, Cal­gary and Toronto. It dis­cussed air qual­ity, ven­ti­la­tion sys­tems and air ex­changes in these homes. The re­sults of this study are im­ma­te­rial un­less, of course, you are plan­ning on mov­ing to one of three cities in the near fu­ture. If you are, bring money, be­cause you won’t find prices like we have here.

What I found par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing was the dis­cus­sion con­cern­ing air tight­ness in new home con­struc­tion. It stated that coastal Bri­tish Columbia had the loos­est houses in the coun­try. This makes sense given the weather there, where there would not be a tremen­dous need for air tight­ness, and that other as­pects of the house (ie. wa­ter pen­e­tra­tion) might re­ceive a greater pri­or­ity.

Wa­ter pen­e­tra­tion is not the same is­sue here that it is in B.C., but cold weather cer­tainly is a fac­tor. The ar­ti­cle went on to say that Man­i­toba has the tight­est new houses in Canada, and by quite a bit over some other re­gions.

This may not seem sur­pris­ing, given our cold weather, but it’s still nice to hear from an in­de­pen­dent third party. The Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion has been say­ing that the best built and most en­ergy efficient new homes are be­ing con­structed right here. Backup data cor­rob­o­rat­ing this is a bonus.

Air tight­ness in a home is im­por­tant to us in the win­ter. We just sur­vived a long, cold win­ter and ap­pre­ci­ated the ad­di­tional warmth that re­sulted from our su­pe­rior con­struc­tion. How­ever, if En­vi­ron­ment Canada’s pro­jec­tions for the long week­end hold true, air tight­ness in your new home won’t be im­por­tant over the next few days as we throw open our win­dows and al­low the gen­tle breezes, fresh air and warm weather into our homes.

Man­i­toba new homes: Built bet­ter for Man­i­toba weather.

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